Glendale, AZ – The Chicago White Sox faced off against the Los Angeles Dodgers this St. Patrick’s Day in a game where both clubs displayed new green hats and socks to show some holiday spirit. Needing no extra luck today, the White Sox took an early lead and never looked back, ultimately winning 5-2.
Chicago grabbed a 3-0 lead out of the gates in the top of the first. Yoan Moncada walked to start the game and was later driven in by Jose Abreu after he advanced to third base on an Avisail Garcia single. Two more runs would be added courtesy of a Ryan Cordell fielder’s choice, scoring Avisail Garcia, and a Tim Anderson double that scored Cordell.
The White Sox would go on to add two more runs in the following inning. Avisail Garcia plated Yoan Moncada on an RBI double and Jose Abreu picked up his second RBI of the afternoon with a single that scored Garcia. This extended the lead to 5-0 through two innings and put right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in a great position to pick up the win on the mound.
Gonzalez had a pretty good day on the mound, keeping the Dodgers scoreless until the fourth. He got into a jam in the first inning by giving up three hits. Andrew Toles had a leadoff double to start the game, but was quickly eliminated from the base path when he was thrown out by Omar Narvaez trying to steal third-base.
After this first inning, Miguel Gonzalez would settle down and cruise through the rest of his day besides a two-run home run to Chase Utley in the fourth. His stuff wasn’t over-powering the Los Angeles lineup, but it was good enough to limit the damage this afternoon. Final line for Gonzalez: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 K, 1 BB.
Chris Volstad and Nate Jones came in to relieve Gonzalez and both of them did a great job commanding the strike zone and shutting the Dodgers down during their appearances. After the Utley home run, L.A. was only able to get two more hits in the ballgame. Nate Jones gave up a hit in the top of the eighth and Rob Scahill gave up a base knock in the top of the ninth that was quickly erased by a double play on his way to picking up a save.
This was a battle that saw a lot of early action, but quieted down after both starters were removed from the game. Chicago was only able to generate two more hits following the third inning, but they did enough damage early to come away with the victory.
Player of the Game: Avisail Garcia (3-4, 2 2B, 1B, RBI, 2 R)
Next Game: Sunday, March 18 @ A’s. 3:05 CT with James Shields on the mound.